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TUI cuts workers’ hours to save jobs

Germany’s biggest holiday company TUI Deutschland will put its workers onto short shifts in order to try to stabilise its economic position and save jobs, it announced on Saturday.

TUI cuts workers' hours to save jobs
Not so smiley Photo: DPA

Between May and January 2010, around 1,500 Tui Deutschland staff, and 200 who work for a subsidiary firm TUI aqtiv, will be able to chose which four months of the year they will work about 10 percent less.

This will be worked out by giving them eight days extra free, for which they will be paid between 2.8 and 5 percent less than normal. Management have already agreed to take a five percent reduction in their pay.

TUI Deutschland covers more than 27 percent of Germany’s travel market, and includes 1-2-Fly and airtours as well as specialised firms Gebeco and L’tur.

It is owned by TUI Travel PLC, which is the world’s biggest travel company.

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Could sleeper trains offer Germans cheap, low-carbon travel across Europe?

Several political parties in Germany have said they want to bring back sleeper trains in order to meet carbon emissions targets.

Could sleeper trains offer Germans cheap, low-carbon travel across Europe?
A sleeper train in Austria. Photo: dpa/APA | Georg Hochmuth

The Green party have said that they want to put state subsidies into night trains that will connect Germany with cities as far flung as St Petersburg in the north and Lisbon in the south.

According to the environmentalist party’s plans, 40 night rail lines could connect 200 destinations across the continent including islands like Mallorca, which would be linked in by train and ferry.

The Greens want the EU to buy a fleet of sleeper trains that could travel at speeds of between 200 km/h and 250 km/h.

The CDU have also announced plans to rebuild the country’s sleeper train services.

Deutsche Bahn stopped its last sleeper service in 2016 citing the high costs involved in maintaining its fleet that was not recuperated through ticket sales.

Earlier this year the state owned company said it had “no plans” to purchase new sleeper wagons.

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